Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Chickens

In my early twenties I spent two months in Western Australia. For the first couple of weeks I stayed with a family that had a couple of chickens wandering around their yard. During breakfast a container of hard boiled eggs appeared on the table. I tried one and within minutes I felt like Paul Newman in “Cool Hand Luke.” Ok maybe I didn’t eat fifty eggs, but there were some giggles from across the table at my egg intake. They were the best eggs I have ever tasted.

Not only did these organically fed, free roaming chickens produce eggs that tasted out of this world, but it turns out that these eggs are healthier, too. They have higher levels of vitamins A and D, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids...all the good stuff. Plus they have 1/3 less cholesterol and 1/4 less saturated fat than conventional eggs. This seems to be as a result of the free-roaming diet. These chickens are able to forage for seeds and green plants along with their organic grains while the caged birds are fed in the cheapest possible way.

Give these cage-free birds a chance. Trust me, you’ll never look back. They may cost a little bit extra, but they are better for you and have less impact on the environment as the chickens are eating feed not grown with pesticides. Plus, you can feel good knowing that these chickens are happy!

check out this video to see the difference in the look of the eggs:

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